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Nifty Handmade Knits
Handmade Knits by Clever Crafters
The process of knitting is as popular today as it was in ancient times. The origin of this fiber art can be traced back to the 15th century where it is thought that shepherds tending their flocks were probably knitters, and traders knitted as they rode their donkeys while leading camel caravans east to India and west to Egypt.
Knitting is attributed to the Spaniards, but the Scots claim it and perhaps they came up with it independently. Knitting was man's work until the invention of the commercial knitting machine in England in 1589, then women became the hand-knitters.
Handicrafts created by knitting is the focus of this page, with examples of various knitting techniques and stitches displayed for your pleasure in beautifully handcrafted items created by clever crafters... many on Etsy!
*The technique of Knitting turns thread or yarn into cloth and crafts by using consecutive loops (stitches) cast onto and held on a needle until another loop is passed through them. Single-pointed needles of aluminum, plastic, steel or wood are used in pairs to 'knit' back and forth in rows.
Shetland Lace Knitting
An 'Ancient Art' still beautiful today!
Lace Knitting originated in the Shetland Islands of Scotland early in the 19th century. Mrs. Jessie Scanlon visited the island to show the islanders a collection of fine Spanish lace. Inspired by its beauty, the inhabitants developed a technique of knitting lace fabric. The yarn was woven from the wool that grows around the sheep's neck and knitted on fine steel needles. This item was called a 'Ring Shawl'.
All the patterns have colorful names and represented objects the knitters saw around them, such as horseshoe, Cat's Paw and Bird's Eye. When complete, ring shawls measure about 6 x 6 feet, but weigh only three ounces. So 'gossamer-fine', the entire shawl can be drawn through a wedding ring - hence the name "Ring" shawl.
Traditionally, Ring Shawls were made as christening robes and also make beautiful winter wedding veils.
Knitted lace can also be used for lace edging for pillow cases and in circles for a table.
Patterns for Knitting Lace...
20 original patterns for gorgeous lace shawls, sweaters, hats, gloves and of course socks
*The basic knitting stitches are to 'knit' or to 'purl'. Patterns can be made by combining the two.
Garter Stitch in Knitting - Every row is the same stitch!
The Garter Stitch in Knitting is the simplest of all knitting patterns. It is formed by working every row in the same stitch, either all knit or all purl. If you purl every row, the result is not as smooth or even a surface as knitted rows, so garter stitch usually means "to Knit each row". The end result looks like the example shown above.
This Knitted Newborn Baby Dress in Pink
is Adorable in a Knitted Garter Stitch
Susanna, a fashion designer and knitter from Portugal, specializes in baby clothes like this Knitted Baby Dress in pink. She shares her lovely handknit baby clothes in her Etsy Shop Tender Blue.
Stockinette Stitch in Knitting - Knit one row, purl one row
Stockinette-stitch fabric is very smooth and each column (called a "wale") resembles a stacked set of "V"'s. It is created by alternately knitting one row and purling the next. The knit side is usually called the 'right' side. If the pattern uses the purl side as the right side, it is then called a 'reversed' stockinette stitch.
Because this stitch is so smooth, it's the perfect knit stitch for socks.
Is great for hand-knit socks
The smoothness of the Stockinette stitch makes it perfect for hand knitted socks, as seen here in these socks for women.
Joy of Joyful Handknits creates the lovely handknits for her Etsy shop from her home in Lebanon, Oregon. In addition to these lovely socks, all knitted in the round with a combination of washable wool and Acrylic blend yarns, Joy, who has been knitting all her life, now also spins much of her own yarn and uses it to create beautiful Handspun Beanies and little girl ponchos.
Beginning Sock Knitting Book
One of the best sock knitting books to begin with for your first pair of knitted socks.
Seed or Moss Stitch
Moss Stitch in Knitting - Also known as the 'Seed' Stitch
The 'Moss' or 'Seed' stitch in knitting is created by simply alternating between the knit and purl stitches. Along each row, the knitter 'knits one stitch, purls one stitch'. On the next row, the process is done in reverse - 'purl one, knit one'. This creates the pattern that looks like little 'seeds'. This stitch is easy enough for a beginner knitter. The knitted item produced is given a nice texture, as well as an attractive appearance. The 'seed' or 'moss' stitch works well for such items as knitted scarves, hats, and mittens, as well as wraps and throws and baby blankets!
Moss Stitch Beanie
Hand-Knit Beanie Created in Moss (Seed) Knit Stitch
Hand-Knitted beanie and matching pom-pom created in moss stitch with Bamboo 80% & Wool 20% yarn.
This lovely hat is the creation of Judite of Brighton, England. Judite loves to create in bright colors. You can find this pretty hat and her other items in her Etsy Shop she calls Juream Box.
Basket or Basketweave Stitch in Knitting - A Variation on the Moss (or Seed) Stitch
The Basket stitch is produced by Increasing multiples of the Knit 1, Purl 1 combination that creates the Moss (or Seed) stitch. In this stitch, you knit 4, purl 4 across the row, reversing the process ((P4, K4) in the next row on an alternating basis. In the Basketweave variation, knit and purl is done in multiples of 10 (K7, P3).
Baby Blanket in Basketweave Stitch
This is a darling baby blanket which was handknit in the Basketweave knitting stitch by Vesna of Winston-Salem, NC. It is featured in her Etsy Shop called Baby Blankets and Etc.
Fisherman Knit or Aran Knit - A Traditional Irish Knit
One of the traditional forms of knitting that is familiar to us is what is sometimes known as the 'Fisherman' Sweater, a bulky garment that has prominent cable patterns on the chest and is best known in it's cream-colored form. It is also known by the name Aran, taking it's name from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland.
The sweaters are distinguished by their use of complex textured stitch patterns, several of which are combined in the creation of a single garment. The sweater usually features 4-6 texture patterns that move down the sweater in columns from top to bottom. Usually, the patterns are symmetrical to a center axis extending down the center of the front and back panel and usually extend down the sleeves as well. The same textured knitting is also used to make socks, hats, vests and even skirts.
Some stitch patterns have a traditional interpretation, often of religious significance. The honeycomb is a symbol of the hard-working bee. The cable, an integral part of the fisherman's daily life, is said to be a wish for safety and good luck when fishing. The diamond is a wish of success, wealth and treasure. The basket stitch represents the fisherman's basket, a hope for a plentiful catch.
*Reference used for some of this information is from the Aran Sweater article on Wikipedia.
Fisherman Knit Sweater
Lovely example of a traditional Fisherman Knit Sweater
This "Fisherman" hand knit Classic Aran Sweater is available to order through the Etsy shop of Galia, who lives in Bulgaria. Etsy is truly an International site filled with talented crafty people!.
Galia's Etsy shop Dimana features hand knitted infinity scarf necklaces, fingerless gloves, mens & womens classic scarves, custom sweater / cardigan ..., including this beautiful Fisherman Knit sweater!
Horseshoe Cable Knit Stitch
An example of one of the many variations of the Cable Stitch
The Fisherman cable stitch is not the only cable stitch in knitting. This one is called the Horseshoe Cable stitch and is used by Glenda, a talented knitter from Vancouver Island, Canada, in this lovely pair of fingerless gloves.
Check out all of Glenda's lovely knitted hats, gloves, mittens and head bands in her Etsy Shop aronsnthings.
More Knitted Examples:
A variety of decorative patterns in knitting created by combining the basic Knit (K) and Purl (P) stitches
Knitted 'Bobble' Stitch - Produces a Textured Fabric
A bobble is a localized set of stitches forming a raised bump. The bumps are usually arranged in a regular geometrical pattern (like a hexagonal grid). The basic idea of a bobble is to increase into a single stitch, knit a few short rows, then decrease back to a single stitch.
They may also be arranged in a figurative pattern, for instance, to represent apples on a knitted tree.
Bobble Stitch Afghan Pattern
This pattern is for a lovely Bobble stitch afghan to knit in this interesting stitch. The pattern has a combination of a Bobble stitch and squares to make an attractive and warm afghan, the perfect accessory for winter.
This pattern can be found in the Etsy Shop of Pearl Shore Cat, a California based vintage pattern shop.
What you can do with Knitting!
Besides using intricate stitch patterns to create beautiful knitted items, any combination of knitted stitches produces a wonderful handknit item.
Come see some really CUTE knitted toys, animals and dolls!
An Adorable Knitted Animal...
This adorable knitted toy is the cutest little knit mouse. It measures 6 inches long, 4 inches tall and 10 inches wide with embroidered eyes and nose. A soft yarn toy for the delight of children everywhere.
Knit mouse was created by Jackie of Topeka, KS and can be found in her Etsy Shop she calls Floss Flowers and Crafts.
Knitted Dolls are so Appealing!
This darling knitted doll is one of a variety of knitted creations in the Etsy shop of Morag of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Morag has been knitting since age 4 and now that she's a 'Granny' she likes to invent knitted toys, from characters in books to dolls in team uniforms.
Featured here is an example of one of her knitted dolls she calls 'Bluebell'. Check out all her darling dolls & toys, baby booties & hats & sweaters in her shop she calls grannyknits.
Store bought dolls look great in hand-knit clothes. Darling doll clothes found on Etsy.
And of course...
We love to find Knitted Doll Clothes!
From the popular American Girl Doll to petite Barbie and Blyth dolls, little girls love doll clothes to dress up their toy dolls. There is a wide variety of Etsy knitters who lovingly handknit these doll clothes.
One of my favorite examples is this darling knitted doll sweater set from the Etsy Shop Love2KnitDollClothes. The shop belongs to Barb from Wisconsin and is filled with hand-knit doll clothes for Barbie, Ken, Skipper and American Girl.
Handknit Dresses for Little Girls
Lovely handknit clothes aren't just for dolls -- real life little girls love to dress up in pretty handknitted dresses!
This beautiful baby girl knitted dress is perfect for your darling little girl. It can be found in the Etsy Shop of Needle and Line.
Free Knitted Elf Pattern
Tiny Elf - Free Pattern! - Created by Spud & Chloe
This knitted elf was created by Spud & Chloe. The free pattern can be found on their blog Spud & Chloe - Sweet Yarns for Real Life. Thank you to Spud & Chloe for sharing this delightful pattern. (Since I'm an 'Elf', I couldn't resist sharing this pattern). :-)
Knitting Pattern Books on Amazon
From "Amigurumi Animals"...
... to a plush toy Zebra
Knitters Love to Apply their Craft!
World Wide Knit in Public Day
Takes Place the Second Saturday of June each year. The next one will be on June 11, 2016
World Wide Knit In Public Day is the largest knitter run event in the world.
Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers
Keep track of upcoming events for Knit in Public Day.
Thanks for Looking Through . . .
Our Collection of Nifty Handmade Knits
Hope you enjoyed your trip through this collection of delightful hand-knit items by some of Etsy's talented knitters, showing off the various styles and pattern stitches knitters love to use. I will continue to search for more unique & outstanding knitting examples for your viewing pleasure, so come back again to see what's new.
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